Is there any evidence that leftist/communist/racists have overtaken our public schools? Oh, I’m sure that isn’t true …
But I did stumble upon an interesting blog post on this topic at The Hairpin, entitled “Teaching Trayvon.” No, it isn’t about teaching Ebonics; it’s about … well, here, I’ll let you read it for yourself:
“Another way to approach it could talk about vigilantes. Think about the scene in To Kill a Mockingbird when the mob comes to the courthouse for Tom. Also many of Faulkner’s short stories discuss mobs out for justice.”
Yes, indeed—that’s almost exactly what happened in the Trayvon Martin Mixed Martial Arts while high on dank assault on George Zimmerman. But wait—it get’s even better:
“The thing is, I see Trayvon Martins everyday. They are in my classrooms and in my neighborhood. I worry about young black men and their prospects in a world where a man is able to kill one without being convicted of something. Even if it isn't as simple as that, kids will see it that way. Rednecks are holding their heads a little higher and tapping the guns on their holsters eager for a stand your ground moment. That is what scares me most.
“I try to teach for social justice in a state where the poor are carrying the biggest tax burdens and often the victims of injustice. Poverty motivates some people to try harder, a small group to resort to criminal activity, a large portion just try to make it and live under the radar, and it leads some to give up. I try to encourage kids to do the most with their gifts and live life with integrity. Stories like this makes work more difficult because it makes kids lose hope.”
Well, thank goodness for quality in education. We are all no doubt wondering how on earth this teacher ever received his or her Alabama teaching certificate in the core subject area of English. But none of us should doubt for even one second that he or she will one day be recognized as a teacher of the year, and maybe even become a high school principal or president of the NAACP.